Monday, May 31, 2010

Adventures in Dorset, Torquay

If you are interested in water sports, it is perfect for you to spend your holidays in a small country of  Dorset. Located at the South Western part of England, possessing numerous pristine beaches surrounding the English Channel, the place offers you some amazing and fun water sports complexes spread across the beaches that you have no time to be bored.


Watersports Torquay

While holidaying in Dorset, you can visit the amazing town of Torquay too which is very close to Dorset. There are some exciting water sports options that form very important parts of Torquay holidays, for example, 'Watersports Torquay' is a complex that has been in the business for over 25 years and offers all sorts of fun options. Holidays in Torquay can be really exciting for your kids due to numerous children friendly options available.

You can try out the banana boat rides, the doughnut rides, ringo rides, etc. amongst many such superb options. These types of sports complexes provide all necessary equipments and gear for free.


There are a lot of places in Dorset where you can try different types of water sports. Holidays in Dorset and Torquay holidays can include any type of water sports ranging from canoeing to rafting. You can try boating or sailing too. You can find numerous clubs that accept memberships at a minimum age of eight years, and offer excellent short term courses on boating, sailing, rafting, etc. If you are experienced in these sorts of water sports, then you will surely have a good time. But, even if you are a novice, you can still enjoy these activities during your Torquay holidays.


Highly trained instructors and lifeguards are present during all water sports sessions.

Proper safety arrangements are made with different types of tools and equipments. Thus, you and your family will be in safe hands for sure. You can opt for surfing and yachting as well on your holidays to Dorset. All necessary equipment can be rented from any of the numerous rental services. You can rent diving equipment and go for diving as well. The sparkling beaches of Dorset are perfect for all sorts of sports. Thus, no matter how you wish to have fun, be it by surfing, or be it by diving, Dorset will not disappoint you in any way.


All the water sports activities that are part of Torquay holidays are absolutely safe. You can leave all your worries behind and have the time of your life. You can go for speed boat rides, or, can choose to try out the several water related rides. There are numerous entertaining options and one thing is for sure, when it comes to having a fun filled vacation, holidays in Dorset can be taken for granted. The beaches, the sports options, the numerous rides, the beautiful, pristine sea - all these factors make sure that your holiday to Dorset or Torquay will never let you down.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pine Creek Gorge Adventures

The Gorge

Pine Creek Gorge is a National Natural Landmark and should be visited on any tour of Pennsylvania. Several small true old-growth stands are scattered along the steep walls of the Gorge, the gorge is cut nearly straight down about 1,000 feet by Pine Creek.

Besides the stunning views and natural beauty there are a myriad of things to see and do on your trip to the Pine Creek Gorge. Plan to spend ample time exploring the area and enjoying all that it has to offer.


The area has numerous hotels and motels but don't overlook the cabin rentals available throughout the area. A rustic log cabin rental can add a unique experience to your stay at the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania".

Pine Creek camping provides a solitude that's hard to find in the hustle and bustle of modern life. Campgrounds are available all around the area as well as state forest sites.

Hiking, Biking, Paddling

The rail trail stretches for almost 60 miles from Ansonia to Jersey Shore and is one of the top rated trails in the state.

Bikes are available to rent near the rail head in Ansonia and several shuttle services can provide a lift back to your vehicle after your ride.

The trail is also a great place for a leisurely hike, covered in crushed gravel with a gentle grade it is suitable for all ages. There a re camping spots available along the trail as well as many great spots for a picnic.

The Pine can get very low in the summer and is not always suitable for paddling. However when the water is flowing it's a fantastic place for a kayak, canoe or raft. It's recommended that the gauge at Cedar Run be over 2.4' to be sure of adequate water.

After a good rain the Pine rises and falls quickly, so plan accordingly.

Most of the Pine is easy paddling and very doable even for novices. Normal safety precautions should suffice.

The Pine Creek valley is rich in history, packed with activities for any age or skill and a wonderful experience for weekend get away or a full vacation.

So grab your bike, canoe and hiking shoes and head out for adventure.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Adventurous Hikes At Masca

MASCA is the second highest populated village on the island, after Parque Nacional del Teide. It is located at an impressive gorge that is as isolated as it is picturesque. This village is considered the prettiest village in Tenerife. With flocks of tourists arriving in the mornings and late evenings, the village is beset with activity. It was only recently, in 1991 that this village was connected to the outside world by road.

Enriching Hikes

This village offers pretty sights such as old stone houses that give luscious and relaxing palm tree views as well as steep ravines that run down to the Atlantic Ocean. An early hike down the narrow gorge leading to the sea before coming on to the valley is a really memorable experience while at Tenerife.

For those who are adventurous, you can hike from the coast to the village which takes about 3 hours.

The fertile valley is a spacious habitat for its 600 inhabitants at one time, now dwindling down to about 100 with many stone houses left vacant. The remaining inhabitants stay to service the tourists.

The hardier hiker can enjoy a 6 hour hike up and down the challenging Barranco de Masca which is sloped steeply, linking the village to the sea. It is a straightforward path although the gorge has some loose rocks and hands are required to steady one’s hike; nevertheless, it is relatively easy for most experienced hikers.

It is truly an amazing hike as the ravine can go as high as 600 meters above sea level with its narrowest path being 20 meters wide, but this is where the best of landscapes is, as you will view splendid and impressive swirling rock formations and unique vegetation. Soon, the crashing sea waves against the rocks turn into stillness as you head back towards the beach, but strong sea currents here prevent safe swimming.

Getting to Masca

The best mode of transportation to Masca is by car. If you are on a budget or do not want to drive up the challenging steep slopes, the public buses are an alternative but they are not very frequent. The third possibility is to join a guided hike to the valley which is usually offered at most major coastal resorts that also throw a shuttle ride into the town, as well as a boat transfer from the beach after you have enjoyed your hike of the Masca canyon.

Accommodation at Masca

There are not too many available accommodations in Masca itself, as most visitors come for a day trip. Nevertheless, you can find some decent place to stay at a German-managed converted schoolhouse in the village, called El Guanche that offers rooms with shared toilets and half-board.

There are many appropriately located bars and restaurants around town which open for business from noon to 6 o’clock pm. One of the best eateries in this village is Chez Arlette, located near the town church and main road, which offers a splendid view of the valley while serving excellent home-made refreshing lemonade and tasty local fare like the popular tangy grilled lamb and crispy corn cakes.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Top Adventure Travel Ideas

The thrill and allure of adventure travel has to be experienced to be believed. For the adventurous travelers, there are loads of activities to be done and destinations to be visited that can make for an unforgettable vacation.

Be it mountain biking or skiing, the adrenaline rush experienced by the adventure travelers at some destinations in the world is much more in comparison to what is experienced at other destinations. So, let's list here the adventure sports and the destination you need to book your cheap flight to for maximum excitement, fun and adventure.

For one of the greatest ski experiences in the world, pay a visit to the renowned Alpine resorts of Zermatt and Chamonix. The 140 km route, which takes about a week to complete, offers scintillating views of the finest peaks of the Alps. If it's a challenging hike that you prefer to skiing, visit the resort during summers and hike away to the Haute Route.

The Icefields Parkway, stretching beyond 230 km, is considered to be one of the most scenic roads in the world. Cycling on this lake-lined valley between Jasper and Lake Louise can take anything from 2-5 days depending on ones expertise and pace. Replete with mountains, lakes and an array of mammals, a bike tour between two chains of the Rocky Mountains is an experience worth remembering for a lifetime.

Fondly called the Golden Eye jump, the bungee jumping at Verzasca Dam in Switzerland is one of the highest commercial bungee jumps in the world. From the leap backwards to the classic swan dive, endure one of the most exciting bungee jumps that has created movie history by featuring in the James Bond movie! A must-visit destination for all the biking enthusiasts, Moab in Utah, United States is undoubtedly one of the most renowned mountain biking routes in the world.

Featuring sandstone ridges, plunging descents and super steep climbs, one can take on this 20 km loop through one-day or multi-day tour options. Book your cheap flight to Utah today and get a unique mountain biking experience like nowhere else in the world. Krabi, located on the Andaman coast of Thailand, is one of the best rock climbing destinations in the world. Featuring spectacular karst formations, the mountain climbing routes in the region is for all adventure seekers who are serious about scaling a cliff.

If it's kayaking on your mind, the Glacier Bay in Alaska is the place to be in. Full of icebergs that flow down from the mountains, paddle where you wish by getting dropped by a tour boat at varied spots in the bay. To walk along the hungry hordes of lions and cheetahs, there's no better place to visit than the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Apart from cheap flights to Alaska, one can easily book kayaks and guides online from the comfort of ones home or office.The park features seven wilderness trails where one can either walk amidst wilderness on their own or opt for safer guided overnight walks. With cheap flights to South Africa being available all through the year, it's no surprise that this national park is quite sought after amidst adventure seekers from around the globe.